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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | January 23, 2019

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Driver charged with crash into Pizza Hut, Star Express in Bottoms Bridge

By Community Member | December 23, 2018 6:24 pm
A van remains stationary after plowing into the front door of the Pizza Hut in Bottoms Bridge.Photo courtesy of New Kent Sheriff's Office

New Kent Sheriff’s Office is investigating a vehicle crash into the Pizza Hut and Star Express in Bottoms Bridge Sunday afternoon. Around 3:30 p.m. a white van ran into the Pizza Hut at the corner of New Kent Highway (Route 249) and Star Express in Bottoms Bridge. Star Express has been reopened while Pizza Hut is expected to be closed for an undetermined amount of time. No injuries were reported. New Kent Sheriff’s Office deputies have charged the driver of the van with reckless driving, but their name has not been released. The accident remains under investigation.

Charles City supervisors approve redesigning plan to expedite Internet

By Andre Jones | December 21, 2018 9:36 am

Providing reliable Internet in Charles City has been an ongoing issue since 2014. Just like an Etch-a-Sketch, supervisors are electing to shake up a few things in order to expedite the process to provide the service to citizens by the middle of next year. At the recommendation of County Administrator Michelle Johnson, county supervisors unanimously approved contracting services to Wide Open Network for a redesign of the network design. Approximately $18,000 will be paid for 240 hours of services to the company to design a plan that will implement a 199-foot tower to provide service to the citizens. The timeline…
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Car thieves arrested by New Kent Sheriff’s Office

By Andre Jones | December 20, 2018 9:54 am
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An investigation by New Kent Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with Henrico County’s Police Department and the Virginia State Police has led to the arrest of four individuals who allegedly stole from motor vehicles. Hunter Waddell, 21, Jake Ragsdale, 27, Dillon Davis, 22, and Katilyn Holt, 25, all from Henrico, were all arrested on numerous crimes that took place between September 2018 and December 2018 in New Kent. In a press release provided by New Kent Sheriff’s Office, several motor vehicles were taken along with items inside each vehicle. Among those items included firearms, electronics, hand tools, and power tools. Each…
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Two years imposed on man who stole car, crashed into New Kent residence

By Andre Jones | December 18, 2018 12:11 pm

A former Newport News man who stole a car that eventually crashed into a New Kent home will serve two years in jail. Brandon Ralfel Robinson, 30, formerly of the 700 block of Topsider Court, was formally sentenced on one charge each of felony eluding of police, driving revoked, failing to report an accident, and reckless driving during proceedings Monday in New Kent Circuit Court. On Oct. 15, Robinson had a contested trial that stemmed from an incident on Mar. 17, 2017. During that trial, evidence presented by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory indicated that Robinson led a high-speed chase that…
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Using truck for own purpose nets Lanexa man unauthorized use conviction

By Andre Jones | December 18, 2018 12:09 pm

A Lanexa man who used an SUV without the permission of the owner in a plan to tow his own vehicle has been found guilty of unauthorized use of a vehicle. Robert Meredith Otey Jr., 36, of the 15000 block of Rockahock Road, Lanexa, was convicted on the lone charge during a contested trial Monday afternoon in New Kent Circuit Court. Around Jan. 23, William Jones asked the defendant to accompany him to Pennsylvania to pick up a Yukon XL truck that he had purchased. Jones asked the defendant to drive the vehicle back and make repairs. He then asked…
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Chronicle no longer placed in Charles City post offices

By Andre Jones | December 14, 2018 10:40 am

The New Kent-Charles City Chronicle will no longer be distributed in post offices in Charles City. The postmaster general of the locality has elected not to allow the paper to be placed in the Charles City and Ruthville locations, citing that it violated a policy on solicitation. Citizens who usually picked up the newspaper at those locations may now pick them up from the box at Haupt’s Store.

Hopewell man to serve four years after burglarizing Charles City residence

By Andre Jones | December 7, 2018 2:39 pm

A Hopewell man will spend the next four years in prison after receiving formal sentencing Friday afternoon in Charles City Circuit Court. David Alexander Booth, 36, of the 500 block of North 8th Avenue, was sentenced to 10 years in prison with six suspended on one charge of burglary. All 10 years on a grand larceny charge were suspended. During an Oct. 5 trial, Booth entered into a plea agreement that capped his time of active incarceration to four years, five months. At that trial, it was determined that on Mar. 25, the defendant broke into the former home of…
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Chesapeake woman charged with initiating crash in New Kent

By Community Member | December 3, 2018 11:14 am

A Chesapeake woman has been charged for causing a crash Monday morning in on Interstate 64 in New Kent. Barbara N. Patino, 40, has been charged with following too close and driving with a suspended license stemming from the accident. According to a Virginia State Trooper’s preliminary report, shortly after 8 a.m., a Buick SUV driven by Patino was traveling eastbound near mile marker 205 when it struck a Ford Escape that was slowing down for another vehicle. The contact initiated by the SUV resulted in a chain reaction that struck a dump truck that was in an active work…
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Charles City man averts jury trial, enters guilty pleas to sex offenses with minors

By Andre Jones | November 29, 2018 7:55 pm

A Charles City man accepted a plea agreement to three sex crimes with minors just days before a scheduled two-day jury trial in Charles City Circuit Court. Rodney Johnson, 52, of the 9500 block of Lewis Tyler Lane, entered guilty pleas to three counts of aggravated sexual battery of a minor less than 13 years old and one count of misdemeanor violation of a protective order. Twelve charges of aggravated sexual batter of a minor less than 13 years old, nine counts of sodomy with a minor less than 13 years old, and four counts of sexual penetration with an…
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New Kent Board of Supervisors approve of tax relief proposal

By Andre Jones | November 28, 2018 11:51 am

New Kent Board of Supervisors have agreed to a tentative plan to implement the reduction of the machinery and tax rate. New Kent Commissioner of the Revenue Laura Ecimovic spoke to county leaders Wednesday morning about a new depreciation schedule and recommended rate reduction. She advised supervisors that the rate would assist in making the county competitive with surrounding localities. She added that the reduction would give current businesses a tax break. Ecimovic’s proposal recommended reducing the tax rate on machinery and tools to 75 cents per $100 of assessed value. The updated depreciation schedule would become effective on Jan….
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